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Pumpkin Spice Charlotte

Pumpkin season, known by some as “autumn,” is upon us. In Charlotte, we welcome the sweater weather by fully embracing all the basic essentials of fall. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin festivals and yes, pumpkin-flavored everything.

Not Just Coffee in Charlotte

Pumpkin Pours & Pints

Mugs Coffee

While Mugs Coffee offers a signature Pumpkin Spice Latte, they also pumpkin spice enthusiasts to add pumpkin spice to any drink on the menu, with whipped cream and cinnamon on top, of course.

HEXCoffee Espresso Bar

Over pumpkins? Try a Kabocha Squash Latte at HEXCoffee Espresso Bar instead. For those not up on their squash varietals, the Kabocha is a Japanese winter squash with a sweet flavor that tastes like sweet potato mixed with pumpkin.

Central Coffee Co.

In celebration of the changing leaves, the Central Coffee Co. menu now includes a Pumpkin Pie Latte made with real pumpkin and a mix of sugar and spices. Get it with a pumpkin scone on the side.

Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roastery

Welcome fall at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roastery with a sip of a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a slice of house made Pumpkin Bread or Cream Cheese Pumpkin Roll.

Not Just Coffee

At Not Just Coffee you can fill your cup with a Fall Spice Latte, a vanilla sugar latte flavored with all spice, nutmeg, cardamom and mace.

CoCo and the Director

Warm up with a cup of CoCo and the Director's new Bourbon Spiced Latte.

NoDa Brewing Company

Over 50 lbs. of pumpkin and 42 lbs. of brown sugar is used to brew each back of NoDa Brewing Company's NoDa Gordegous

Sycamore Brewing

Gourd Have Mercy! is a pumpkin ale that's sure to please. Grab a can of this Sycamore Brewing fall staple.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's Mecktoberfest is an award-winning Marzen-style lager that balances malts, sweetness and a pinch of hops that has signaled the start of fall in Charlotte.

Catawba Brewing

Named for one of the original North Carolina brewers who lent his pumpkin prowess to produce this Catawba Brewing seasonal sensation, King Don's Pumpkin Ale sports hops, spices and of course, fresh pumpkin.

Brewers at 4001 Yancey

Southern Tier's Pumking is quickly becoming a nationwide fall tradition. This year craft beer lovers will also be able ot sample three Pumking variants - Chai Tea Infused, Rum Barrel Aged, Cold Press Coffee - straight from the tap at Brewers at 4001 Yancey.

The Glow: A Jack O' Lantern Experience in Charlotte

Pumpkin Festivals & Fun

The Glow

The Glow is 1/3 mile trail filled with over 5,000 hand carved jack o’ lanterns. This family friendly event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway also features fall food and beverages and live demonstrations with carvers.

GUTS Carving Contest

Now in its tenth year, GUTS is an annual carving competition that brings together some of the finest creative talent in the region. Winners get cash and prizes while the final creations are auctioned off at the end of the tournament. This year's event will be held at BB&T Ballpark on October 27. Proceeds from the event support Make-A-Wish. Winners Gallery.

Elizabeth Pumpkin Wall

A group of community volunteers erect the wall, which stands roughly 60 feet long and 20 feet high and is basically a giant set of wooden shelves. About a week before Halloween community volunteers in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte erect . The specific location of the wall bounces from street to street within Elizabeth each year. More details available on the Elizabeth Community Facebook page.

Carowinds' The Great Pumpkin Fest

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! The Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds has family-friendly Halloween attractions for the little ghosts and goblins from 11:00am – 5:00pm including a costume parade, foam zone and mazes. Open Saturdays and Sundays from September 22 through October 28.

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze

Pumpkin Patches

Hall Family Farm

After you pick your perfect pumpkin at Hall Family Farm, hop aboard a hay ride or fill your cup with hot cocoa and your belly with doughnuts, funnel cakes and more. Open Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Hodges Farm Pumpkin Patch

Located on 180 acres of land in Mecklenburg County, Hodges Family Farm has been in operation for over 100 years. The farm features a “Pick Your Own” pumpkin patch along with a hay mountain and sweet treats. Open daily from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze

While the headlining attraction is the Amazing Maize Maze, a seven-acre corn maze, Rural Hill also offers hayrides, pumpkin picking, hiking trails and mini-mazes September 22 through November 4.

Hunter Farm

On your way to the Hunter Farm pumpkin patch, check out the petting ban, where you can feed the animals before finding your gorgeous gourde. Open Monday – Friday from 1 – 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 7 p.m.